Finding Nemo

Trip Start Jun 07, 2010
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Vagabond Sailboat

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Yesterday and today we got to go to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world! We set sail for the outer reef in the morning and were in the water snorkeling before lunch. We saw a lot of really different coral and tons of brightly colored fish.  In the afternoon we went scuba diving.  We saw a sting ray and a sea cucumber, which felt squishy.  Ms. Thompson went down again and saw amazing cliffs of coral and swam through a coral tunnel.  She's got the scrape to prove it!  Remember Nemo?  We saw him too! Ms. Thompson also saw a pretty blue starfish, a scary jellyfish, and giant clams that were two hundred years old. When we went snorkeling again today, Ms. Thompson saw a puffer fish.  Puffer fish can puff up really big to scare away enemies, but they can only do it a few times in their lifetime. 

The colors of the coral, fish, and water were beautiful.  See if you can picture it in your mind.  The surface of the water was a swirl of brilliant blue, teal, dark green, and dark blue.  Under the surface of the water were corals of all different colors: greens, blues, purples, yellows, reds, and oranges.  In this beautiful setting swam fish of many colors and designs.  Stripes in white, black, and yellow; spots in orange, yellow, black, and blue; and patterns in red, brown, pink, black, and white, just to name a few. Can you picture it in your mind?  It was really amazing to see!

As the first day ended, the sun went down in style!  We had a beautiful sunset as we finished up our dinner.  We were four hours away from shore, so we slept on the boat.  We had a little room that had two thin bunks and just enough space to walk beside the bunks.  There was a little window at the top, where we could hear the breeze and the water as we slept. 

On the way back, it got a little stormy.  The wind was pretty strong and it was raining.  The enormous waves tossed our sailboat to and fro, up and down, side to side.  It was pretty exciting.  The storm didn’t bother the dolphins as they rose out of the water for us to see. A fish decided to jump out of the water and jumped all the way on top of our boat!  It made a loud thump on the canvas that covered the cockpit and scared everyone inside. All the tossing of the waves made Mrs. Swearingen a little sick and she lost her lunch over the side of the boat. When we got near land, the waves calmed down a bit and we had a peaceful ride back to the wharf.  We said goodbye to our new friends we had made on the boat and remembered our exciting adventures!
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Julie on

way cool!!!

Beth Lopez on

Glad you're having such an amazing time!

DeeAnn on


Greg Maloney on

I can sympathize with you Julia, having gotten sea sick before. I was out on a salmon fishing boat off the coast of Oregon, harvesting salmon and gagging all the while...such fun.

Michael Smith (Marian's Uncle) on all my diving experiences I've not seen a "Blue Starfish". Very cool!

fftaustralia on

I saw a couple of them once while I was diving and then again when I was snorkeling. They were very pretty!!

hannah nichols on

I like the blue starfish.

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